|1.||is the second letter of the English alphabet. (See Guide to Pronunciation, 196, 220.) It is etymologically related to |
|Noun||1.||B - the blood group whose red cells carry the B antigen|
|2.||B - aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil|
|3.||B - originally thought to be a single vitamin but now separated into several B vitamins|
|4.||B - a trivalent metalloid element; occurs both in a hard black crystal and in the form of a yellow or brown powder|
|5.||B - a logarithmic unit of sound intensity equal to 10 decibels|
|6.||b - (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter|
|7.||B - the 2nd letter of the Roman alphabet|
|1.||B - byte.|
|2.||(language)||B - A systems language written by Ken Thompson in
1970 mostly for his own use under Unix on the PDP-11. B
was later improved by Kerninghan(?) and Ritchie to produce
C. B was used as the systems language on Honeywell's
B was, according to Ken, greatly influenced by BCPL, but the name B had nothing to do with BCPL. B was in fact a revision of an earlier language, bon, named after Ken Thompson's wife, Bonnie.
["The Programming Language B", S.C. Johnson & B.W. Kernighan, CS TR 8, Bell Labs (Jan 1973)].
|3.||b - bit or maybe byte (B).|